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SIMPLY CHILE

Vibrant cities, untamed landscapes, intriguing wildlife and the world’s driest desert combine on this wonderfully simple – yet action-packed – tour of Chile.
CHILE, SOUTH AMERICA

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After spending a night in the energetic capital of Santiago you’ll enter the untouched wilderness of Torres del Paine where you’ll be met by steep granite towers and incredibly turquoise lakes.

Then comes the Atacama Desert, where an entirely different world awaits. One of shimmering white salt flats, geysers and eerie rock formations. You’ll also have time to explore the pre-Columbian village of Tulor, whose history dates back some 3,000 years.

Simply Chile is a wonderful introduction to the startling contrasts between the country’s far south and north.

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Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

Cumbres Lastarria | Santiago | A cathedral and modern buildings at dusk on a city street lined with palm trees | The Ultimate Travel Company
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DAY 1

SANTIAGO

Arrive into Santiago international airport, where you will be met and driven to your hotel in the leafy suburb of Lastarria.

Santiago is the country’s capital and its bustling heart. Flanked by the Andes, there are a number of excellent museums and galleries to explore. Spend the day wandering the streets of the capital and enjoy local delicacies like Pastel de Choclo.

Stay: One night at the Cumbres Lastarria Hotel – Bed & breakfast

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DAY 2-5

TORRES DEL PAINE

From Santiago you will fly to Punta Arenas, the main entry point to Chilean Patagonia. Here a vehicle will be waiting to take you on the 5 hour drive into the Torres del Paine National Park.

Celebrated for its unique wildlife (which includes pumas, guanacos and black-necked swans) and dramatic landscapes – featuring towering granite massifs, glaciers and emerald lakes – Torres del Paine is not only one of the country’s natural treasures but a designated World Biosphere Reserve.

Your hotel is a former estancia/ranch and at the start of many of the trail-heads. It’s the perfect base to explore the park and means journey times are often much shorter than other hotels.

The next three days will be spent exploring the region via a multitude of exciting excursions offered by the hotel, from hiking and horse riding to visits to famous lookout points. Activities are in small groups and are chosen on arrival at the hotel.

Stay: Four nights at Las Torres – All-inclusive including activities in small groups

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DAY 6

SANTIAGO

Today you will return to Santiago, a logistical night required when travelling from the far south to the north of the country.

Stay: One night at the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport – Bed & breakfast

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DAY 7-10

ATACAMA DESERT

From the urban attractions of Santiago comes the rugged drama of Chile’s northern territory and the world’s driest desert.

After flying into Calama, you will be transferred to the colourful town of San Pedro de Atacama which sits in the middle of a lush green oasis. In the afternoon you will head out on a tour of the famous Death and Moon Valleys, and stay to watch the sunset over the dramatic stone and sand formations.

The following morning you will make the short drive to the 3,000-year-old pre-Columbian village of Tulor where you’ll find the oldest archaeological evidence of human settlement in the valley. Next comes the Pukara de Quitor fortress, and in the afternoon the spectacular Atacama Salt Lake – formed millions of years ago and dominated by impressive rock formations and sweeping salt flats.

Early on day eleven you will visit the highest geothermal field on the planet – El Tatio – at 4,300 metres above sea level. At dawn you’ll be witness to spurts of stream escaping from the geyser blowholes, plus steaming ponds encrusted with dazzling salt crystals. Before returning to San Pedro, you will make a visit to the village of Machuca, a pit stop for llama caravans travelling along the Inca Highway.

Your hotel is on the outskirts of town and similar to Las Torres in Patagonia, includes a variety of activities in small-groups.

Stay: Four nights at Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama – All-inclusive including activities in small groups

DAY 11

FLY HOME

Your Chilean adventure comes to an end. Today you will return to Santiago’s International Airport in time for your international flight home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
11 days from £6,245 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Domestic flights
  • All transfers
  • Bed & breakfast in Santiago
  • All-inclusive at Las Torres and Cumbres Atacama
  • Shared activities in Patagonia and the Atacama

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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